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, happy to be home, we want to show you the photo of merrill newman and his wife, happy at home. he says he is truly grateful for all the support he and his family have received during this ordeal. korean war veteran merrill newman arrived at san francisco international airport to a group of media. he held hands with his wife, lee, and his son, jeff, was beside him. >> good morning, i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy in korea. >> reporter: he was released with humanitarian gesture, based on his age. >> it is a great homecoming, and i'm tired, ready to be with my family now. and thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciate it. >> reporter: newman was getting ready to leave north korea october 26th after a ten-day visit there when he was taken off the plane. the government detained him for more than a month, accusing him of being a criminal involved in the killing of civilians during the korean war. this video released on state-run television november 29th shows newman reading a handwritten apology. the political experts say it was likely writte
are following a developing story. freed and back home merrill newman arrived at sfo this morning. >> reporter: he is happy to be back with his family tonight. we want to show you a picture of merrill newman and his wife. it appears he is doing what he told us he wanted to do this morning. that is relax. his son let us know an hour ago he is doing well and pleased to be back at home. >> i am delighted to be home. >> korean war veteran arrived at san francisco international airport after an overnight flight from beijing. the 85 year old addressed the media with a short statement. >> i want to thank the swedish embassy and the american embassy in beijing for all of their help. it has been a great homecoming. and i'm tired but i'm ready to be with my family now. thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciated. >> reporter: the north korean state news agency reported newman had been, quote, deported. according to the report his release was a humanitarian gesture based on the 84 year old's advanced age. he was taken off the plane in october and detained until this week accused of be
. you talked to newman's wife tonight? >> reporter: good evening. they have been living at a retirement home in paloñrñk'i a but they also own a home. they are still just trying to catch their breath after this whole ordeal.Ñi in a photo taken thisÑi afterno and sent to us by his Ñihome, hs home relaxing on the porch with his wife. the couple was still reel and too tired to talk further about the ordeal. this morningçó ñ"ewman was gree by applause telling reporters he wó3ddelights to be back on u.s. >> it's been great homecoming. i'ma-i9tired, but ready to be w my family. >> reporter: yellow ribbons are still up at the palo alto retirement home where they reside and in the former neighborhood some of the couple's friends said they were overjoyed he was released. >> what are you going to do when you get home in. >> relax. >> reporter: newman thanks the swedish embassy. he refused to answer any questions about his treatment. they were released after former president bill clinton intervened. kenneth bay, a korean american missionary is still in a north korean jail and has been the
of a tense standoff came suddenly, the north korean government saying merrill newman, a korean war vet with a heart condition was released for humanitarian reasons. nbc's mike taibbi is in palo alto with more for us. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the north korean officers say they deported merrill newman, others say he was freed after a detention that never should have happened. bottom line, the 85-year-old the ex-marine for a trip that lasted much longer than it should have is home. it happened quickly without any prior announcement, the flight from pyongyang to beijing, and merrill newman finally able to speak freely. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. >> reporter: and then after a direct flight to san francisco, american soil. >> it's been a great, great homecoming and i'm tired, but ready to be with my family now and thank you all for the support we got, and very much appreciated. >> reporter: newman had visited north korea on an organized tour but was pulled off his homebound flight october 26th minutes before takeoff and held without explanation but the eld
to thank everyone who made this possible. >> newman is making his way back to the u.s. right now and the korean war vet is expected to arrive at sfo tomorrow. jean ellie has more on his release. >> he lives here at the channing house retirement center with his wife, his friend put up this yellow ribbon and tonight it can come down. no one inside the retirement center is commenting, but they are all smiles. newman is coming home. the mayor landed safely at the airport in beijing, china. they released the 85-year-old korean war veteran after holding him for more than a month, accusing him of crimes against north korea. a relieved newman told us he is grateful to head home to the bay area. >> glad to be on my way home. >> he appeared on state television, reading an apology for wartime crimes. newman served three years in the korean war, trained guerillas were feared in the north. officials took newman off an airplane on october 26th as he was leaving the country after a-day visit. his wife expressed concerns about her husband's heart condition. >> you don't know where your husband o
newman begins his sixth week in custody, new details are emerging that explain why the north koreans are singling him out and are not letting him return home. our report from our chief foreign correspondent, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: merrill newman, seen in these images broadcast over the state-run tv, was according to friends in his former combat unit, one of the leaders of an elite team fighting in the korean war. in fact, when the 85-year-old veteran was pulled off a plane he was planning to go to south korea and reunite with some of his former troops who were waiting for him there. one said i wouldn't go there, north korea would think i was a spy or something. a friend from that unit, allen hedges, told us he believes that is why newman is being held. >> the charges are false, i'll tell you that. i was there with him. we never killed anybody or anything and we never advocated killing. >> reporter: after six weeks, newman was seen signing an alleged apology for his actions during the war, but there is no way of verifying the so-called confession or under what circumstances new
in north korea and a once-secret operation during the korean war. merrill newman reportedly served in a secret unit during the war. information about the operation was was declassified in the early '90s when a retired colonel started writing a book about it. the unit was said to have trained anti-communist gur ril las to fight behind enemy lines. this photo reportedly shows newman posing with former gur ril las. one said newman trained him. a political science professor says it does not matter why they detained him. what matters is that they did. >> what matters is that they now have a bargaining chip vis-a-vis the u.s. government. although no one's going to say outlewd that's what it is, i'm quite certain that both sides know exactly that's what it is. >> according to reuters, newman went to south korea twice in the past decade, but this was his first known trip to the north. >>> vice president joe biden will stop in south korea this week during his week-long visit to asia. as of now, there's no word whether he's discuss or meet with anyone regarding merrill newman and his arrest
that might mean if and when he is allowed to return home. >> reporter: newman served in a once top secret u.s. army unit during the korean war. that unit was said to have traintrai trained anti-communist gorillas to fight enemies. they're called the white tigers. newman was part of that unit. he would have likely trained the gorillas. he kept in touch with some of the koreans he trained during the war. this photo provided to us shows the 85-year-old veteran posing with former gorillas. he went to south korea twice in the past decade before making the trip into north korea in october. >> i think it was probably a s mistake for mr. newman to go back to north korea. there's still some very hard feelings about this whole operation that took place during the korean war. the north koreans are not particularly receptive to folks who have been a part of those units. >> reporter: officials have been detaining him since late october. he was detained just as he was boarding a plane to leave. we'll here from experts about the possible political implications of his detention. >>> thank you. vice presi
, lester. >>> today's top story. the american veteran merrill newman will be home are his family in california in a matter of house. he has been held prison in north korea for weeks. late last night he was relieved and quickly began that trip home. ian williams is tracking the developments for us this morning from beijing. ian, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. merrill newman is now a free man after north korea deported him on the first available fleight out of pyongyang. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk government has gave me to be on my way. >> reporter: he also said that he was particularly grateful to the north koreans for releasing him and he was looking forward to seeing his wife. the north koreans said they leaved him because of his age and also because of his ill health. he has a heart condition. they also said they were responding to his apology, his so-called apology. now, this was something that he did live on television a week or so ago. he wrote -- he read from a written confession. now, this appeared to be some
. 85-year-old war veteran merrill newman is back in california after being detachbd for more than a month in north korea. north korean officials say he was being held on charges of hostile acts against the regime stemming from his service in the korean war. he was finally reunited with his family in san francisco on saturday after the north koreans deported him. >> it's been a great homecoming, and i'm tired but ready to be with my family. >> a spokane medical examiner is set to perform an autopsy monday to determine what caused the death of a teenager on a delta air lines flight on saturday. the flight from seattle to atlanta was forced to make an emergency landing in spokane shortly after takeoff. investigators says it appeared the 16-year-old died of natural causes. the teen was the son of a soldier based in washington. he and his family were flying to atlanta for the holidays. >>> thousands are expected to turn out today for a tribute to "fast and furious" star paul walker. a memorial rally and car cruise is scheduled this afternoon in valencia, california in honor of the late
that nation may have gained somethingjf from th high-profile case of merrill newman. he was detained for more than a month in north korea, accused of crimes dating back to the korean war. after being forced to publicly apologize to the north korean people, the government deported 4rhumanitarian grounds. one expert at stanford that we talked to said thate1 apology m show just how powerful the current government is to its own people. >> it was very useful for the north koreans not so much internationally to get anfá apology from merrill newman for war, but internally. they can useÑ$u$at information o demonstrate to theire1 own population that they, the regime,xi;e1 in controli]xjeÑ n from e1 tgtricans. >> while merrill newman is a free man tonight, north korea continues to hold another american citizen. that's kenneth bae. he's been sentenced to 15 years for hostile acts against the communist l]costate. >>> a san francisco church held a tribute to nelson mandela ont this sunday. glideñr memorial church celebrad the legacy and courage of the former south african president. reverend cecil w
case of merrill newman. the 85-year-old man returned home to the bay area yesterday and reunited with his family. his wife told nbc bay area that her husband is resting today and they would like a little bit of privacy today as well. newman was accused of crimes dating back to the korean war. after being forced to publicly apologize, the government deported imh on what it calls humanitarian grounds. one expert says that apology may show just how powerful the current government is to its own people. >> they can use that information to demonstrate to their own population that the regime is in control and it can extract confessions from americans. >> while newman is a free man tonight, north korea continues to hold another american citizen kenneth bay. henrikson says the christian missionary's fate may have made him a target. bay has been sentenced to 15 years for hostile act against the communist state. >> and new at 11:00, sonoma county deputies are investigating human remains found autoshilo regional park. a father called the sheriff's department saying he and his two children ca
the detainment of palo alto war veteran merrill newman in north korea. biden arrived there today. the white house has already issued a formal request for newman's release. the 85-year-old was detained in late october after the end of a ten-day visit to north korea. over the weekend, north korean television aired a video of newman apologizing for crimes during the korean war. experts believe the statement was coerced. during the war, newman served in a top-secret army unit. nicknamed the white tigers. which trained anti-communist guerillas. >>> vice president biden will also visit south korea during his trip as well as china where he will meet with president xi jiping. the two will most likely discuss china's new claim over the east china sea and the threat it continues to make to countries who fly over that airspace. >>> violence is escalating in southern asia tonight. as anti-government protesters clash with police in thailand. at least four people have been killed there after three straight days of fighting in bangkok. nearly 30,000 people are protesting, determined to topple prime minister sin
says it has deported merill, newman, a veteran of the north korean war. newman has been held there since a visit to the region back on october 26th. now, there was video that surfaced of him making a confession about his involvement while he was in north korea during the korean war. pyongyang had accused newman of being a criminal and a mastermind of espionage. right now the newman family is not officially commenting on whether he has been released, but we are hearing both by "reuters" and the "associated press" that the 85-year-old palo alto man has been deported from north korea. >>> and new at 6:00 tonight, failing at crisis communications. a bay area expert says san jose state university is dropping the ball in communicating with the public about the racial tensions on campus. most of the president's communication over the past few weeks has been by e-mail. nbc bay area's damian trujillo is on the campus. one expert says the president needs to get in front of the cameras now. damian? >> reporter: well, you know, diane, this is the latest e-mail announcing the latest fact-
's no word at this point if he plans to discuss with anyone the arrest of merrill newman. there's a statement that asks for the release of merrill newman as well as kenneth bay, another american held in the communist country. we are following the story at nbc bay type in detained in north korea in the search bar and you'll get the very latest information. >>> we are following a developing story tonight. san francisco police are investigating a deadly shooting. detectives tell us the victim was trying to sell a game console when he was shot and killed. the robbery and shooting happened about 3:30 this afternoon near the mission district. investigators say the victim a man in his 20s arranged online to meet up with a buyer. when the buyer showed up, he reportedly stole the console and then fired several shots, killing the man. police have not released a description of the suspect. they're also looking to see if there's video sur vale lance from any of the nearby businesses that could help them track down the gunman. police say this is also a very real warning about the dangers to sell
gained something from the high-profile case of merrill newman. the 85-year-old returned home this past weekend. he was detained for more than a month accused of crimes dating back to the korean war. after being forced to publicly apologize, the government deported him on what it called humanitarian grounds. one expert says that apology may show how powerful the government is. >> they can use that information to demonstrate to the population that they, the regime, is in control and it can extract confessions from americans. >> while merrill newman is a free man, north korea continues to hold another american citizen, kenneth bae. bae has been sentenced to 15 years for hostile acts against the communist state. >>> president obama and first lady michelle are on their way to south africa to attend nelson mandela's memorial service. mean tile, tributes to the anti-apartheid icon continue to pour in. nbc's ron allen has more. >> reporter: the celebration of the life of nelson mandela continues now for yet another day. >> i'm very proud to be a south african. >> reporter: all this in anticipa
. >>> and 85-year-old vet says he was comfortable. merrill newman was held for more than a month when asked about a video released showing him an awkwardly worded apology for killing north koreans during the war he told "the sentinel post" that is not my english. >>> a storm is wreaking havoc and paralyzed roads causing a deadly pileup on the pennsylvania turnpike sunday. more than 1,000 flights are cancelled nationwide today. >>> a week long good-bye to former south african president nelson mandela begins today. president obama and others will be among the tens of thousands for the memorial service on tuesday. mandela died thursday at the age of 95. >>> and protesters in ukraine toppled a statue of soviet state founder vladimir lenin and attacked it with a hammer rejecting the historic influence over ukraine. thousands were demonstrating against the government abandoning a pact with the european union and moving closer to russia. one online video helped to ensure that cat lovers got eight hours of uninterrupted fun. christmas cat tv was live for 48 hours and allowed viewers to interact wit
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